Through local, regional and national auditions, Crane River Theater has cast professional artists from across the country, representing thirty-four states, to live and work for months at a time here in Central Nebraska. Based on the success of the last thirteen seasons, our directors will once again recruit actors and designers at regional and national auditions for the 2023 season. Crane River Theater will attend virtual auditions at the American College Theater Festival in Des Moines, Iowa from Jan. 22-28, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tennessee from Feb. 3-6, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Kentucky from March 1-5. More than 3,000 regional professionals will be exposed to the idea of Central Nebraska as an area arts center.

Crane River Theater welcomes actors, directors, and technicians to audition for our upcoming 2023 season. Please visit one of the links below for more information about how to register or submit a virtual audition.

If you are unable to submit your material for one of the audition sites, Crane River Theater is happy to accept video submissions directly. Please send a musical selection(s), and/or a monologue, along with your resume and headshot to

Many contracted company members will carry multiple responsibilities. Some will be actors in multiple shows and others will be an actor in one show and participate in one of the following: Scene and Costume Construction, House Management, Publicity, or teaching Arts Education classes for youth.

Crane River Theater values the health and safety of our artists, patrons, and volunteers, and will have necessary safety measures in place at all rehearsals, performances, and events.


Contracts are typically offered for individual shows, but some may include multiple productions (for example, a summer season). Beginning rehearsal dates and final performance dates are listed below. Each individual contract will determine the company member’s arrival and departure date.

Forever Plaid – Rehearsals begin March 26. Performances are April 113-16.
All in the Timing –
Rehearsals begin May 15. Performances are June 1-4.
The SpongeBob Musical – Rehearsals begin May 15. Performances are June 19-July 1.
Shrek the Musical – Rehearsals begin May/June. Performances are July 25-August 6.
Celebrate Broadway – Rehearsals begin in July. Performances are August 12 & 13.
The Odd Couple – Rehearsals begin September 4. Performances are September 28-October 1.
Elf The Musical – Rehearsals begin in November. Performances are December 16-22.

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